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Silencing Your Inner Negativity [4 Helpful Tips]

These skills are necessary for everyday life but even more vital for sports training, getting fit and becoming healthy.

One more pushup, one more run, one more early morning; we have all been through it and although most of us won’t like to admit it, we have all given up at some point. A small negative voice peeps up and says, “go back to bed” or “you can’t do this anymore”.

These perceived voices are like shackles that are holding us back from reaching our full potential. We need to overcome this mindset and ensure that when our negative mind starts telling us that we can’t do something, we defeat it. These skills are necessary for everyday life but even more vital for sports training, getting fit and becoming healthy.

Tip 1: Set clear and concise goals

We all get told this but we can’t stress the importance of setting yourself well-defined goals so you can achieve exactly what you want. It is fundamental that you sit down before you start anything, take some time to really think about what you want to achieve and then plan how you are going to accomplish it. There is no point in setting only one goal; you have to set multiple targets for along the way to in order to succeed. Make sure they are realistic and when you reach them, ensure you celebrate and reward yourself accordingly.

Tip 2: Alter your vocabulary

The little negative voice you hear didn’t come out of the blue. These are your words that your brain has learnt to speak in a certain tone. You need to try and replace any negativity from your thoughts or speech. Words like “can’t, won’t” need to be replaced by “I am, I will, I can.” If you can do this then the intensity of that inner voice will start to decrease and eventually disappear.

Tip 3: Trick yourself

Our mind is one of the most powerful things in the world. Have you ever wondered why, after you have been training for a while and then you reduce the weight you have been lifting, it still feels just as heavy? Well, that is your mind playing tricks on you and this is exactly what we need to do in retaliation. We need to employ trickery so your mind becomes confused. An example of this could be telling yourself, you will stop running at that corner down the road but when you get to that corner you say to yourself you will only stop at the next corner.

The problem with this is that it may be very hard to trick yourself but this may become easier once you have read tip 4.

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Tip 4: Get a gym buddy

We all have a friend who is in the same situation as you, mentally and physically. Get them to motivate you and really push you to your limits and of course trick your mind. It becomes much easier not to give into that small voice when you have someone at your side pushing you further.

 

Written By Andrew Meyer 

 

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19 Comments

  1. That negative voice is a terrible thing which we all experience. Thanks for the tips to help with that, especially exercising which in turn will make you feel better.

  2. Very interesting read. Will be trying to apply this to my daily routines and get that negative voice out my head! Thank you for sharing

  3. Altering vocabulary is a big one. So many people are at war with their bodies. If we instead engage in self-talk that is soothing and encouraging, it’s amazing how much more we can accomplish and how much easier it becomes.

  4. Really great advice. You hit the nail on the head. We all struggle against that little voice that tries to limit our potential. We’re not alone in this. Thanks for putting some great strategies together to overcome our negativity!

  5. Very good summary and advice. We are creatures of habit, often ones we want to change but that negative voice arrives as the head wind. Some practical steps to get going on the right path.

  6. Tricking the mind is hard but effective. Unfortunately I sometimes my mind tricks me as I tell my mind I will stop at the next corner and then it says let’s just take a quick break. Then all my muscles cool down.

  7. This is so true! I have that inner voice that just kicks me when I am down. I am making a serious effort to get back into shape and stay there this time so any and all advice helps! I am going to find a gym buddy. I try to be the walk buddy at work. Sometimes it isn’t easy. But we need to keep going!!!

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